* Rajko <rmatov101(a)charter.net> [12-07-12 22:37]:
On Fri, 7 Dec 2012 20:27:55 -0500
Patrick Shanahan <paka(a)opensuse.org> wrote:
Open vs closed lists really are about the list
cross-posting. And LKML really has nothing to do with our openSUSE
There is use case for cross posting as explained by Greg, to aggregate
experts in few fields to work on one problem.
As only user help is subscriber only, it can be more productive to use
cross posting then to keep two conversations on different lists and
forward answers manually.
Only if *everyone* concerned "cross-posts". Which is currently *not* the
habit or expectation.
What is subscription?
Instruction to mail list server to send you emails from other
interested in a certain topic.
What is mail list?
List of people that want to discuss certain topic.
Having free cross posting, allows to have small lists that are
aggregated without administration overhead and on as needed basis.
And duplicate mail to anyone participating in more than one of the "small"
lists being cross-posted.
You want to solve boot problem that seems to be kernel or graphics.
You post to boot(a)opensuse.org, kernel(a)opensuse.org and
graphics(a)opensuse.org, temporarily creating new mail list that will
disappear when problem is solved, instead of having administratively
created boot-kernel-graphics(a)opensuse.org and zillion other that will
have 1 post per year.
I understand the process and the mess when trying to follow the spaghetti
code replies that are different on each list and archived in different
In other words, you create basic groups that server
knows about, and
let users deal with particular problems.
Problems of many posts that can't find appropriate place is solved, as
any experienced user can add another list where lives expert for the
Experts will appreciate this as they will see fewer posts and most of
the time posts related to their interest.
Experts will see *many* more posts, perhaps related. We still have a mess
on the closed list, opensuse, with off-topic posts even after a dedicated
off-topic list was committed.
Users will get the most relevant answers.
Not unless they subscribe to the cross-posted lists because anyone
answering a post in the prescribed manner, non cross-posting, will only
provide an answer in one of the several lists.
The *only* place I see cross-posting to be allowed is in notifications,
ie: meetings concerning more than one group.
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